• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. […]

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  • Astronomy Education Resources

    Given that we are so time poor, I have added a couple of pages listing resources on this site according to where they ‘fit’ in the Australian Curriculum (Science). Keep in mind that a number of the activities can be modified for use at different year levels. If you are running a lunchtime science club, I […]

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Southern Hemisphere Sky Events Blog Posts

International Space Station passes over Canberra tonight (26 April 2018)

Send to Kindle(Posted 26 April 2018) There is a very bright pass over Canberra tonight by the International Space Station. The space station will look like a very bright slowly moving star moving across the sky. Look in the North West at 6.18 pm AEST and follow it high into the sky. It will move […]

Watch as Io eclipsed by Jupiter on Saturday 28 April 2018 (large binoculars or small telescope required).

Send to Kindle(Posted 21 April 2018) Io will be eclipsed by Jupiter at 7.13 pm AEST on Saturday 28 April 2018. A large pair of binoculars or small telescope will allow you to watch as Io ‘disappears’ into Jupiter’s shadow. To find Jupiter, just look to the East once the sky is dark. It will […]

A triple show on Jupiter tonight! A moon’s shadow falls on Jupiter’s cloud tops and the G.R.S. transits.

Send to Kindle(Posted 20 April 2018). Jupiter and one of it’s largest moons Io will put on a triple show tonight. Two of these events (the Great Red Spot transiting Jupiter and the shadow of Io falling on the cloud tops of Jupiter) will be visible in a decent sized amateur telescope. The third (Io […]

News Blog Posts

RT @ArmaghPlanet: BBC News – Saturn mission approa…

RT @ArmaghPlanet: BBC News – Saturn mission approaches tour finale bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…

RT @airandspace: TDIH 1943: Navy Martin Mars flyin…

RT @airandspace: TDIH 1943: Navy Martin Mars flying boat made 1st operational nonstop flight MD to Brazil. This pic shows one with a… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Every registrant can bring two students to listen…

Every registrant can bring two students to listen to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smiths keynote presentation and meet her at morning tea.

Education Blog Posts

Planets galore in the late evening sky … plus see Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot for yourself!

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 April 2018) Our evening sky ‘planet drought’ is finally over with the spectacular planets Jupiter and Saturn plus Mars visible. Yes, Venus is visible low on the Western horizon in evening twilight and has been for a while. But let’s face it, Venus is a featureless disc (strictly speaking a gibbous […]

Planetarium presentations at 2017 YMCA Space Camp

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 October 2017) Yesterday, I had the pleasure of running planetarium sessions for the 47 participants in the first of this years YMCA Space Camps held in Canberra, Australia. Participants spent five days taking part in all sorts of activities including launching rockets, coding and driving robot cars, problem solving and of […]

Planetarium presentations at Science in ACTion 2017 school day

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 August 2017) A big thanks to Ingrid McCarthy (Inspiring Australia ACT) for making it possible for me to be at the 2017 Science in ACTion school day yesterday (Friday 11 August 2017). It was a great day with school groups from a diverse range of schools across the ACT taking part in […]

My Astronomy Blog

International Space Station passes over Canberra tonight (26 April 2018)

Send to Kindle(Posted 26 April 2018) There is a very bright pass over Canberra tonight by the International Space Station. The space station will look like a very bright slowly moving star moving across the sky. Look in the North West at 6.18 pm AEST and follow it high into the sky. It will move […]

Sun sets over the Brindabellas (complete with giant sunspot and silhouette of fire tower and trig point)

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 April 2018) Look above and slightly to the right of the silhouette of the fire tower. The fairly unimpressive dot is a giant sunspot larger than the Earth!  

Watch as Io eclipsed by Jupiter on Saturday 28 April 2018 (large binoculars or small telescope required).

Send to Kindle(Posted 21 April 2018) Io will be eclipsed by Jupiter at 7.13 pm AEST on Saturday 28 April 2018. A large pair of binoculars or small telescope will allow you to watch as Io ‘disappears’ into Jupiter’s shadow. To find Jupiter, just look to the East once the sky is dark. It will […]

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